TVB held its 45th Anniversary Gala celebration on November 19. TVB Honorary Chairman, 105-year-old Sir Run Run Shaw (邵逸夫), lit the lighting ceremony. The gala was criticized to be a bit boring by Apple Daily, with the laughs mostly coming from the many cross-dressed male artists.
Kate Tsui (徐子珊), Michael Tse (謝天華), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Sharon Chan (陳敏之), and Aimee Chan (陳茵媺) opened the festivities, dancing away in glittering garb. Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) and Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) performed songs together while linking arms. Ruco was forced to sit on JJ Jia’s (賈曉晨) lap in one of the game segments.
Known for their curvaceous figures, Shirley Yeung (楊思琦), Toby Chan (陳庭欣), Samantha Ko (高海寧) wore plunging gowns that displayed their cleavage. Christine Kuo (苟芸慧) and Eliza Sam (岑麗香) both wore pink ruffled gowns while toning down their sex appeal for the evening.
“The Confidant” and “Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles” Spoofs
Anniversary series, The Confidant <大太監> and Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族> were parodied with a brand new cast. Nancy Sit (薛家燕), Kiki Sheung (商天娥), Sharon Chan (陳敏芝) and Kristal Tin (田蕊妮) dressed as eunuchs while planting a banana joke.
Nat Chan (陳百祥) and his wives, Moses Chan (陳豪), Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), and Michael Tse (謝天華) parodied the seduction and lip-locking headlines that Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles generated since its broadcast. Nat finally became overwhelmed by his wives draping themselves over him.
Eric Tsang Bares Chest
In the hilarious “Star Nursery Institute” segment, Eric Tsang (曾志偉) crossed-dressed as a nanny taking care of super-sized infant, Moses Chan (陳豪). Eric unbuttoned his shirt and revealed his massive chest, while feeding King Kong (金剛) rice with his own lips! Eric threw a cake at Moses’ face, while Aimee Chan (陳茵媺) quickly wiped Moses mouth.
Louis Yuen (阮兆祥) and Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍) also dressed as nurse helpers in bra tops in the segment. Bosco Wong wore a cone-shaped bustier inspired by Madonna’s iconic wardrobe.
Upside Down Ladies
The Anniversary Gala is also known for its adrenaline rushing physical stunts. This year’s gala had Kate Tsui, Christine Kuo, Eliza Sam, Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Samantha Ko (高海寧), and Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) dressed in skin-tight bodysuits while propelled mid-air in their “Goddesses Love the Web” segment.
With the acrobatic stunts influenced by Cirque du Soleil, Kate showed her flexibility and performed straddle split while hanging upside down to the audience’s thunderous applause. Since Rebecca suffered a painful back injury during practice, she attempted a less demanding move.
Liu Wai Hung Makes Appearance
One of the gala’s highlights was the appearance of veteran actor, Liu Wai Hung (廖偉雄). Beloved for his comedy roles and crazy antics in variety shows, Liu Wai Hung was especially invited by the “Three Gods” Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), Johnson Li (李思捷), and Louis Yuen (阮兆祥) to attend. “Although he is busy with business matters in mainland China, he still came. We’re very moved,” Cho Lam said.
TVB has been known to give out incredible prizes to its artists during the Anniversary gala, such as condo apartments and cars. Wayne Lai turned out to be the big winner for the night, winning $1 million HKD in cash and prizes! Wayne said, “I have never won the grand prize although I’ve been at TVB for many years! TVB is wonderful! I hope that its ratings will continue to climb!”
Raymond Lam (林峰) won a $50,000 HKD cash prize in a raffle drawing, which is his first cash prize winning despite being in TVB for more than a decade.
Known for her loyal fan following, Liza Wang (汪明荃) revealed that a fan from the United States sent her a generous lucky packet of $2,000 USD. The gift was mailed to TVB City to Liza’s attention. Liza revealed that she met the elderly fan before during a stage performance.
Anniversary Gala Clip
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